Solar Energy Harvesting

In November 2013 we installed an 18 kilowatt solar photovoltaic array on the western most roof top. It provides 100% power to Unit 17 and the Laundry/Mail room and common areas. In July 2014 we installed an additional 7 kilowatts that supplies all the power for Unit 1, a shared living space and the Community Room.

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SunBridge Solar Crew on the Roof 2013
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At summer’s end 2020 we had 25 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels.

Construction is imminent for additional solar panels (32 kilowatts) in 2020 for the remainder of the south roof of the main building to maximize its solar production potential. Eventually, more panels (up to 68 kilowatts) on a new awning on the south side of the building covering part of the parking lot will enable the ecovillage to become net zero: meaning we will produce all the power we consume by around 2021.

Here is a Solar Oregon article about our process and a presentation about Kailash’s solar projects, including a thermal project.

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